Okay, I see BTT everywhere, I'm finally going to try it out!
Okay . . . picture this (really) worst-case scenario: It’s cold and raining, your boyfriend/girlfriend has just dumped you, you’ve just been fired, the pile of unpaid bills is sky-high, your beloved pet has recently died, and you think you’re coming down with a cold. All you want to do (other than hiding under the covers) is to curl up with a good book, something warm and comforting that will make you feel better. What do you read?
Well, if and when I stopped crying so hard I couldn't see to read, I think it would have to be one of Jilly Cooper's Rutshire novels (minus the most recent, it was unfortunate), probably Rivals. These bonkbusters aren't high literature, but I love them. I love the Cotswolds setting as well as the glam trips to London and abroad. The characters really do feel like old friends (I actually think her characterization skills are some of the best I've ever come across). The books are funny, sexy, fun, and have happy endings. There are sweet heroines, nice guys, an eventually-reformed, totally gorgeous rake, charismatic villains, and horses and dogs galore. I've read them so many times I've had to get new copies. And, in this situation, it's a definite plus that I know them so well I'd barely need to pay attention at all.